Chicago City Council Bites Dog
The day after the ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, the Chicago City Council passed another law restricting handgun use. No guns can be bought or sold in Chicago, each household can only possess one handgun, and the gun must stay in the house (not even in the garage, porch, back steps, etc.); also, no concealed carry is allowed.
The Constitution says that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. This was established as an individual right by the Founding Fathers, who expected all men to “keep” firearms, meaning to own, possess and retain firearms (even against government confiscation), and to “bear” firearms, meaning to carry firearms and to know how and when to use them appropriately. The Supreme Court recently confirmed the fact that governments (local, state, federal) could not overrule this individual right granted to all U.S. citizens.
The last part of the 2nd Amendment says that this right “shall not be infringed.” What part of NOT BE INFRINGED don’t they understand? It is true that a number of infringements, including gun registration & permits for concealed carry have been sanctioned by the courts, despite the fact that infringement on the right to keep & bear arms is contrary to the Constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers. Why do the courts allow any of what they call “reasonable” infringements on these 2nd Amendment rights, when the Constitution says there will be absolutely none?
It is gross malfeasance for the Chicago City Council to immediately defy the Supreme Court’s ruling by passing another unconstitutional “gun-right infringing” law. Chicago has one of the highest levels of violent crimes & murders in the nation, all the while having some of the toughest gun-control laws. The facts are that where guns are not permitted by law, law-abiding citizens go unarmed, and are easier prey for criminals (outlaws), who will have & use guns in committing their crimes, because they don’t obey the law. Where law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms, crime rates go down because criminals are less likely to attack someone if they think they might be armed. But Chicago refuses to learn this lesson.
It has taken many years of dedication, of pro-gun-right people & groups, to get to this point where the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld & confirmed the right to keep & bear arms. How much longer will it take before it is confirmed that this right “shall not be infringed” and conformity to this principle is upheld in practice, as well as theory? Will it take another 30 years in the courts at tremendous expense to both sides, to finally enforce the basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution, in writing, over 200 years ago?